On Monday, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov stated that the conflict between the West and Russia can no longer be described as a “hybrid war,” but rather that it is getting closer and closer to becoming a real war. This statement was made in light of the present situation in Ukraine.
During his remarks at a news conference that took place after he had met with his South African colleague, Naledi Pandor, Lavrov further mentioned that the West “had been planning for a looooong period against Russia” this “nearly genuine” war. The minister asserted that western governments are attempting to eradicate all Russian, from the dialect to the culture that had been practiced in Ukraine for generations, going so far as to forbid individuals from speaking their native language. He claimed that this was being done in order to make room for something else.
Lavrov went on to point out that such practices have become commonplace throughout the entirety of Ukraine and that the country’s most recent two presidents, Pyotr Poroshenko, and the current leader Vladimir Zelensky, have both turned into “presidents of war” and “Russophobic leaders” after gaining power, despite starting their presidential campaigns on the promise of establishing peace in the country.
Additionally, the minister brought up the fact that Ukraine has passed legislation that makes it illegal to use the Russian language in any setting, including school, the media, and even day-to-day life. “And this is all backed by the West,” Lavrov said, adding that this backing extends to neo-Nazi marches with swastikas and insignia of outlawed Nazi divisions being held across the nation. “And this is all supported by the West,” Lavrov added. “And this is all supported by the West.”
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He also accused the West of turning a blind eye to the fact that Kiev’s forces continue to deliberately choose targets and carry out attacks in such a way as to terrorize the civilian population. He said the West was turning a blind eye to the fact that Kiev’s forces continue to deliberately choose targets and carry out attacks in such a way as to According to the minister, “The West is well aware that the Ukrainian dictatorship purposefully attacks cities and towns with Western-supplied weaponry,” and this is something that the West is absolutely aware of.
Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s position that it has not carried out attacks in Ukraine against civilian infrastructure and that the damage to it is attributable to Kiev’s regular practice of deploying heavy weapons and air defense systems in residential areas, Lavrov stated that the damage to it is attributable to Kiev’s regular practice of deploying heavy weapons and air defense systems in residential areas.
Lavrov stated that despite the escalating tensions, Moscow is still willing to enter into negotiations with Kiev. He also issued a warning to those who refuse to engage, stating that they should be aware that the long conversations are postponed, the more difficult it will be to find a solution.
In addition, the minister requested an explanation from the Ukrainian government about how it views the situation developing in the country as well as the potential of negotiations with Russia. The minister’s request was made maybe through a third party.